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Garden City Chamber of Commerce News

Friday, 30 July 2010 00:00

Businesses Are Showcased at Chamber Luncheons

The Garden City Chamber of Commerce provides the opportunity for every member who sells, distributes or manufactures a product or service, to display their products, brochures, giveaways or novelties at all Chamber luncheon programs at the Garden City Hotel. The hotel graciously provides the clothed tables for exhibitors. This innovation, which began in 2003, offers a great opportunity to make new business contacts and to promote exhibitors’ products or services. The Showcase starts at 11:30 a.m. during the reception/networking period before luncheon, served promptly at 12:30 p.m.


Village Board Raises Fireworks Permit Fee to $500

Written by Melissa Argueta Friday, 23 July 2010 00:00

After a lengthy debate, the village board of trustees voted in favor of increasing fireworks permit fees from $100 to $500. The fee hike was announced on the very same day that the Cherry Valley Club submitted their fireworks permit for their annual Labor Day Carnival on Monday, Sept. 6. Deputy Mayor Donald Brudie and Trustees Nicholas Episcopia, Lawrence Quinn and John Watras voted against and Mayor Robert J. Rothschild, Trustees Dennis Donnelly, Brian Daughney and Andrew Cavanaugh voted in favor of the increase. The mayor voted twice and broke the tie.

Trustee Dennis Donnelly made the motion to update the fee on permits for fireworks. “I know that the permit fee at the moment is $100 for fireworks. I would like to make a motion to make that $500, which would better equip the village to recoup some of their costs in issuing permits for the fireworks,” Donnelly said.


Verizon, Garden City Finally Retain Consultants for Noise Issues

Written by Rich Forestano Friday, 23 July 2010 00:00

Sound Tests Commencing

Mineola Mayor Jack Martins revealed last week that Garden City and Verizon have finally retained consultants to address the noise issue plaguing Mineola residents on 13th Avenue. Sound tests have begun, according to Garden City officials.

Both consultants will be coordinating with Mineola’s sound abatement consultant, Manhattan-based firm Lally Acoustical Consultants. Martins said that once tests are taken, results would be available at the next board meeting in August.


BOE Holds Annual Reorganization Meeting

Written by Melissa Argueta Friday, 16 July 2010 00:00

School Construction Projects on Schedule

The Garden City Board of Education recently held their annual Reorganization Meeting for the year 2010 at the Central Administration building. Colleen Foley was sworn in as school board president and Barbara Trapasso was sworn in as school board vice president. During a regularly scheduled meeting that followed, agenda items included updates on the recent bond referendum projects and elimination of the 15-student minimum for low-enrollment classes.


EAB Requests New Laws to Stop Low-Flying Aircraft

Written by Melissa Argueta Friday, 16 July 2010 00:00

The Environmental Advisory Board (EAB) continued its discussions regarding the low-flying aircraft over the Village of Garden City and the incessant noise that accompanies it. EAB members and village residents told a representative from Congresswoman McCarthy’s office that new legislation is needed to decrease the amount of aircraft flying over the Village of Garden City, as well as harsher penalties for planes that fly below FAA altitude regulations.


Alternative Plan to Save St. Paul’s Proposed to Village Board

Written by Melissa Argueta Friday, 09 July 2010 00:00

It was a full house as residents and the board of trustees listened to the Committee to Save St. Paul’s and Garden City Historical Society present an alternative plan that would save St. Paul’s School from demolition. The proposal calls to establish a conservancy and would require an $8 million preservation and renovation of the building’s exterior and rehabilitation of major rooms on the first floor and chapel, which they say would cost the same or even less than the demolition.


Schumer Optimistic About LI Economy

Written by Karen Gellender Friday, 09 July 2010 00:00

Credits Mangano, Levy for Using Stimulus Money ‘the Right Way’

On Monday, June 28, Senator Charles Schumer came to the Long Island Association Small Business Council Executive Breakfast at Crest Hollow Country Club in Woodbury to discuss the economy- both on a national level, and to address issues specific to Long Island.

While the Senator expressed concern about the lack of jobs available in the country, calling the May jobs number of 41,000 private sector jobs “the worst number in a long time,” he was optimistic about the future in light of the government’s recent efforts, which he dubbed “targeted measures,” or smart, inexpensive strategies that will produce growth.


AG Candidate Daniel Donovan Vows to Fight Political Corruption

Written by Melissa Argueta Friday, 02 July 2010 00:00

Republican Nominee Lays Out Top Priorities in Meeting with Anton Newspapers Editors

Fighting political corruption in Albany is what Republican candidate Daniel M. Donovan Jr. says will be his top priority should he be elected the next New York Attorney General. Vying for the top prosecutor’s seat, along with five Democratic hopefuls, the Staten Island District Attorney spoke candidly with editors of Anton Community Newspapers during a recent visit to Long Island.


Stewart Manor Fourth of July Parade Pumps New Life Into Small-Town America

Written by Marilou Giammona Friday, 02 July 2010 00:00

SMFD Under Reign of New Chief

For many, the idea of small-town America exists purely in Norman Rockwell paintings and reruns of The Andy Griffith Show. But for residents of Stewart Manor, the wholesomeness and patriotism associated with that notion is alive and well—especially as the Fourth of July draws near.

Plans are well under way for the Stewart Manor Fire Department’s annual Fourth of July parade. The department plans for the event all year long, but the planning starts to heat up toward the end of April. Since its inception in 1998, the parade has taken on a life of its own. The number of surrounding fire departments that participate has grown to nearly 20.  In addition to the numerous fire departments—which boast multiple fire and rescue vehicles, as well as eye-catching floats, along the route—the parade includes local elected officials and owners of antique cars, who show off their classics as they celebrate our nation’s birth.


Garden City Residents Pass School Budget

Written by Melissa Argueta Friday, 25 June 2010 00:00

As the clock struck 10 p.m. on Tuesday, June 15, Garden City residents were still coming into the high school library to cast their votes for the school budget. With the largest voter turnout in nearly 10 years, Garden City residents passed the 2010-11 budget by a margin of 3,241 to 1,991.


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